Course Overview

The Word Essentials course is aimed at those who want to be able to produce short, simple documents quickly and easily using a wide range of formatting tools.

Detailed Course Content

Create a Word Document

  • Open Word and Create a New Document
  • Create a New Document from Word

Save a Word Document

  • Save a new previously unsaved document
  • Save (update) previously saved document
  • Save your document in a PDF format
  • Save a copy of your document

Close & Open Existing Documents

  • Close a document
  • Search and open a document from Word
  • Select a recently opened document
  • Open a document from File Explorer

Change Document Views

  • Use the Zoom Slider to zoom in on page
  • Use the Zoom Slider to zoom out
  • View document in Web Layout view
  • View document in Read Mode
  • View document in Print Layout View
  • View document in Focus Mode
  • View document in Immersive Mode

Customise Quick Access Toolbar

  • Move the Quick Access Toolbar
  • Add common buttons to the QAT
  • Add ribbon buttons to the QAT
  • Add other buttons to the QAT

Enter Text into a Document

  • Start a new paragraph
  • Start new line within the current paragraph
  • Shift text across the page
  • Start a new page
  • Show formatting marks

Copy Text to another Location

  • Copy text within the same document
  • Open the Office Clipboard
  • Copy text to another document
  • Copy text to other Microsoft application

Select Text

  • Select a single word
  • Select multiple lines
  • Select a paragraph
  • Select multiple paragraphs
  • Select multiple non-contiguous lines
  • Select the whole document

Insert and Delete Text

  • Insert additional text into a document
  • Toggle Insert and Overtype modes
  • Edit text using Overtype mode
  • Delete text whilst typing
  • Delete text using the Delete key

Work with Tabs on the Ruler

  • Set a left aligned tab position
  • Set a right aligned tab position
  • Set a centre aligned tab position
  • Clear tab positions from the ruler

Use Find and Replace

  • Find specific text in a document
  • Use advanced find
  • Replace text with alternative text

Apply Font Formatting

  • Apply font formatting
  • Font and Size
  • Bold, Italic and Underline
  • Effects
  • Colours

Apply Paragraph Formatting

  • Apply paragraph formatting
  • Indents and Spacing
  • Alignment
  • Borders and Shading

Bullet Points and Numbering

  • Bullet points and numbered lists
  • Apply the default bullet point style
  • Apply a custom bullet point
  • Search for new bullet point icons
  • Apply the default numbered list style
  • Change the numbered list style
  • Use multiple number levels

Proof your Document

  • Set dictionary language
  • View document information
  • Use the thesaurus
  • Correct an individual spelling error
  • Perform a spelling and grammar check

Create a Basic Table

  • Insert a table using the grid
  • Insert a table entering table size
  • Draw a freeform table
  • Delete rows and columns

Format a Table

  • Merge cells
  • Change border colour and style
  • Remove table borders from whole table
  • Shade cells

Set your Document for Printing

  • Set page orientation
  • Set paper size
  • Change page margins
  • Collate documents
  • Printer settings

Printable course information
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  • Basic computer experience, including keyboard and mouse skills
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Windows

If you are not familiar with using a computer or Microsoft Windows, the course Introduction to computers, will give you the skills to take this Word course.